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New Greenhouse-Gas Data Proves Reservoirs to be Vital Source of Greenhouse Gases

The Kachess Reservoir in Washington State. (Photo Credit: Bridget Deemer)

Discussions of topical issues associated with the biological sciences are featured in the BioScience Talks podcast.

More than one million dams exist globally. These structures have various environmental effects and numerous studies have been conducted on a variety of ecological consequences of dams. However, another major threat that has emerged from dammed waters refers is the release of greenhouse gases.

For this episode of BioScience Talks, a team from the American Institute of Biological Sciences had a conversation with Dr. Bridget Deemer of the US Geological Survey. Recently, Deemer and her colleagues started a systematic initiative in order to synthesize greenhouse-gas data from reservoirs. The results, discussed in BioScience, highlight that these reservoirs are a significant source of green house gas emission but are often unrecognized.

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